NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is finally getting a chance to tell his story. In a new auto-biographical documentary set to premiere on HBO next month, the former Los Angeles Laker superstar sets the record straight after years of being misunderstood.
"I was a very shy person and I was very cautious dealing with the press, a little too cautious, and that engendered some resentment from the press," said Abdul-Jabbar.
The Manhattan native who now calls Los Angeles home, had a reputation of being anti-social and that bothered him.
"It wasn’t all the press it was just a few people, but the image got me and stuck," said Abdul-Jabbar. "When I started, there were a whole lot of conservative guys who didn’t appreciate my politics."
Decades later, Abdul-Jabbar says it's his time to set the record straight.
"We are really proud of it.. I get a chance to explain me to the world. I don’t always get that chance," said Abdul-Jabbar.
"Kareem: Minority of One" airs Nov. 3. on HBO.
Fans who want to meet the former NBA star in person are invited to the Bryant Park Reading Room on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m.
Abdul-Jabbar will be signing copies of his new book, 'Mycroft Holmes.'